Did you know that you could be owed a UK Tax Refund if you’ve been put on emergency tax. Check your payslip against these handy tips to find out. Apply for your UK Tax Refund at www.taxback.co.uk
If you’re on a working holiday in the UK or are claiming your tax back after completing a UK Working Holiday then it’s important to know if you are or were on ‘Emergency Tax’.
You will often by put on emergency tax if your employer is unsure what tax code you should be on, so it’s an idea to work this out before taking employment in the UK.
How to find out if you’re on Emergency Tax
If you’re on emergency tax, then your payslip will have one of the following codes on it:
- 1100L W1
- 1100L M1
- 1100L X
Emergency tax codes are temporary and if your tax code is just 1100L it is not an emergency tax code.
Whilst you’re on an emergency tax code you will be paying tax on all of your income above the Personal Tax Allowance.
You may also find tax code 0T on your payslip which is a temporary code and indicates that don’t get any Personal Allowance you’re entitled to until your tax code is updated.
What’s Personal Allowance?
Personal Allowance is the amount you can earn before being taxed, and in the UK is £11,000 for the 2016/2017 tax year.
Why might you get put on emergency tax?
There are a few reasons that might mean you will be put on an emergency tax code, mainly:
- If you have started a new job
- You are working for an employer after being self-employed.
- You are getting company benefits or a State Pension.
- How to avoid Emergency Tax
To avoid or correct being on emergency tax, make sure you give your employer a P45, or if you don’t have this your employer will ask you to fill out a ‘new started checklist’. You will then be sent your new tax code in a PAYE Coding Notice from HMRC.
Your next payslip will then show your new tax code.
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